Health Care

Two women share their abortion stories ahead of a decision on Roe v. Wade

BY: - June 22, 2022

When now-state Rep. Christine Morse went to the doctors to get an MRI in 2011, she wasn’t expecting to find out she was pregnant.       She was trying to find out how far along her breast cancer had developed.  Before her diagnosis, the mother of three and her husband were trying for another […]

Experts discuss importance of COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5

BY: - June 21, 2022

Last week the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) and U.S. Food and Drug Administration (FDA) approved COVID-19 vaccines for young children, ranging from 5 years to 6 months old.  This new recommendation means nearly 20 million additional children in the United States are now eligible for the vaccine. According to the CDC, distribution […]

Facing ‘staffing crisis,’ Michigan Medicine nurses call for change

BY: - June 20, 2022

After two years of working in a pandemic that has left health care workers across the state and country burnt out and leaving the profession, thousands of unionized Michigan Medicine nurses are calling on their employer, the University of Michigan in Ann Arbor, to address what they called a “staffing crisis” and provide fairer wages […]

COMMENTARY

Column: To achieve justice, our fight against lead poisoning has to go beyond prevention

BY: - June 20, 2022

The Michigan League for Public Policy was pleased to take part in the most recent annual Lead Education Day sponsored by the Michigan Alliance for Lead Safe Homes (MIALSH).  Advocates from across the state met with legislators to talk about the impact of lead on our families and communities and solutions that make all of […]

FDA greenlights emergency use of COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 17, 2022

WASHINGTON — The U.S. Food and Drug Administration on Friday authorized emergency use of two COVID-19 vaccines for children under 5, moving the country one step closer to having shots for all age groups. The decision leaves just one hurdle, a recommendation from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, before parents can begin getting babies […]

House Dems have a bill to make grooming a crime, but Republicans aren’t signing on 

BY: - June 17, 2022

As many Republicans push conspiracies about schoolchildren being “groomed” in public schools, a bill introduced by Democrats in the Michigan House that would create a legal pathway to prosecute people who “groom” minors in sexual abuse cases idles, untouched by the Republican majority.  Grooming has now become a political attack word, advocates for the bill […]

‘Get with the program, or we vote you out’

BY: - June 16, 2022

Wiping sweat from foreheads under a relentless June sun, the speakers at Mothering Justice’s 10th annual “Mama’s March” — mothers and lawmakers and reproductive health leaders and activists — took to the podium Wednesday outside the Michigan Capitol in Lansing. There, they turned towards the Capitol, a towering mountain of brick and sandstone, and issued […]

FDA outside advisers recommend Pfizer, Moderna COVID vaccines for kids under 5

BY: - June 16, 2022

WASHINGTON — Parents of children under 5 are one step closer to vaccinating their young kids against COVID-19 after the U.S. Food and Drug Administration’s outside vaccine panel recommended emergency use authorizations of two COVID-19 vaccines Wednesday. The 21-person Vaccines and Related Biological Products Advisory Committee voted unanimously to recommend the FDA approve emergency use […]

GOP-led House panel considers 31-bill package to shave away state emergency powers

BY: - June 16, 2022

Republican and Democratic lawmakers on the House Oversight Committee butted heads Wednesday as they considered a massive 31-bill legislative package to curtail state emergency powers, although GOP sponsors argued that most bills would merely repeal unused or redundant statutes. GOP legislators in both chambers of the Legislature have tried repeatedly over the last two years […]

Senate passes bill spending federal COVID funds on mental health, hospitals

BY: - June 15, 2022

The Michigan Senate nearly unanimously approved a bill Wednesday that would make appropriations of $566 million to improve hospital infrastructure and invest in behavioral and mental health across the state.  Most of the funding in Senate Bill 714, introduced by Senate Majority Leader Mike Shirkey (R-Clarklake), would come from the state’s COVID-19 relief funding.  The […]

Michigan reports 15,578 COVID-19 cases and 137 deaths in the last week

BY: - June 15, 2022

The Michigan Department of Health and Human Services (DHHS) reported Wednesday that a total of 2,581,397 Michiganders have tested positive for COVID-19 and 36,675 have died from the virus — an additional 15,578 cases and 137 deaths in the last week. The new COVID-19 numbers reported by the state Wednesday combine recorded cases and deaths […]

As insulin costs soar, diabetics say a $35 cap on co-pays is not enough

BY: - June 15, 2022

WASHINGTON — Lacy Mason was a 21-year-old graduate student in Atlanta when she started rationing her insulin. As a Type 1 diabetic, she needs to take insulin every day for survival. But when the cost surged to $960 a month, Mason could no longer afford it. She had aged out of Medicaid and her student […]